3 Stunning Natural Wonders That You Can Only Find in Cuba

Viñales Valley, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
Viñales Valley, Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Photo by Jorge Coromina on Unsplash

Most people visiting Cuba are there to explore its rich history and vibrant culture, but this country will also win you over with its breathtaking nature. Natural gems are scattered all around this Caribbean Island country, and here are three that you should put on your travel itinerary.

Viñales Valley

Located in the heart of western Cuba, this World Heritage Site will win you over with its rural beauty and unique geological formations. It’s best known as the epicenter of Cuba’s tobacco industry, but it’s also worth exploring for its captivating landscape and picture-perfect limestone hills.

Topes de Collantes

Safety tucked away in the Escambray Mountains, this lush natural reserve will knock you off your feet with its dense forests, waterfalls, and diverse wildlife. In addition to being home to many scenic natural pools, Topes de Collantes is a heaven on Earth for passionate hikers since it offers many stunning trails with panoramic views.

Zapata Swamp

Ciénaga de Zapata aka Zapata Swamp is the largest wetland reserve in the Caribbean, and it’s unlike anything else you’ll see in Cuba. In addition to being home to freshwater marshes and coastal lagoons, it’s best known for its diverse flora and fauna, ranging from endangered Cuban crocodiles to 175 different species of birds.